Title

Phosphorus Levels In Lake Murray

Author(s)

Ellett Ward

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Phosphorus levels affect the quality of water, and can possibly lead to the destruction of an ecosystem, with either an algae bloom, or plaguing the organisms. Lakes should have approximately 0.01- 0.1 parts per million (ppm) of phosphorus to have the best ecosystem. When the levels of phosphorus are too high an algae bloom can occur, and an algae bloom is when the body of water has an excess amount of algae. The lake will begin to be covered with algae not allowing plants and animals to consume the correct amount of nutrients. When there is a lack of phosphorus the lake will not have enough nutrients to allow the organisms to thrive and they eventually will die out. The researchers are using a iDip photometer and eXact phosphate strips to successfully collect data on Lake Murray. When collecting data the researcher will go to 5 different locations, 10 different times. At each destination, the researchers will scoop the photometer into shallow water around 3-5 inches deep, then brush the phosphate strip back and forth in the photometer. Once the data has been collected, the researchers will have to run a t test for the significance of means.

Location

Furman Hall 227

Start Date

3-28-2020 11:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 11:45 AM

Phosphorus Levels In Lake Murray

Furman Hall 227

Phosphorus levels affect the quality of water, and can possibly lead to the destruction of an ecosystem, with either an algae bloom, or plaguing the organisms. Lakes should have approximately 0.01- 0.1 parts per million (ppm) of phosphorus to have the best ecosystem. When the levels of phosphorus are too high an algae bloom can occur, and an algae bloom is when the body of water has an excess amount of algae. The lake will begin to be covered with algae not allowing plants and animals to consume the correct amount of nutrients. When there is a lack of phosphorus the lake will not have enough nutrients to allow the organisms to thrive and they eventually will die out. The researchers are using a iDip photometer and eXact phosphate strips to successfully collect data on Lake Murray. When collecting data the researcher will go to 5 different locations, 10 different times. At each destination, the researchers will scoop the photometer into shallow water around 3-5 inches deep, then brush the phosphate strip back and forth in the photometer. Once the data has been collected, the researchers will have to run a t test for the significance of means.